Expression

The Basic law in Israel does not grant individuals the right to express their opinions; however, the Supreme Court has affirmed the right as an essential component of human dignity. Despite this ruling, the Knesset adopted legislation that severely curtails the exercise of the right to freedom of expression. The Boycott Prohibition Law and the Budget Foundations Law impose economic sanctions on anyone that expresses opinions against injustices and human rights violations in the Occupied Territories. In order to attend official press conferences and pass through Israeli military checkpoints, journalists need to apply for proper accreditation. In practice, it is generally granted, but Palestinian journalists are especially targeted with the occasional refusal.